Staff Report

The Wildling Museum of Art & Nature will present this year’s Wilderness Spirit Award to Jean Schuyler in recognition of her efforts to bring awareness to natural places through various platforms.

The award will be presented on Sunday, April 28, at the museum’s annual spring barbecue, sponsored by Judy and Jack Stapelmann. This event is the Wildling’s most important fundraiser of the year as well as a chance for supporters to sip wine, eat delicious food, and enjoy auctions, live music and more.

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Jean Schuyler

Jean Kellogg Schuyler has spent a lifetime supporting nonprofits throughout Santa Barbara County and has been a very generous supporter of the Wildling Museum and other environmental organizations. She truly has a heart that embraces wilderness preservation and education, and has made a real difference in our community, according to a museum spokesman.

Schuyler was born into a family with strong environmental and philanthropic ethics, and she learned at an early age that taking care of the earth and giving back to her community were values worth living.

Her grandparents were good friends with John Muir. As a 12-year-old, her father, William S. Kellogg, accompanied his father and Muir on a multi-day trip to Yosemite, which turned out to be one of the last trips Muir took to the valley.

Her uncle, Harold Crowe, used to hike in the Sierra with Ansel Adams, whose work is an early example of blending art and wilderness.

She has been active in helping preserve open spaces such as Ellwood Mesa, the new Dangermond Preserve, Fairview Gardens, Sedgwick Reserve, Douglas Family Preserve, and the Carpinteria Bluffs, along with many other places.

She also has been involved with the Yosemite Conservancy, UCSB’s North Campus Open Space, and the Land Trust for Santa Barbara County.

The 16th annual barbeque will be held at Firestone Vineyard in Los Olivos from 3 to 6 p.m. April 28.

Sponsors and their guests will be invited to an exclusive VIP reception at 2 p.m. to meet the honoree and learn more about the venue.

To purchase tickets or help sponsor the event, visit, stop by the museum in Solvang, or call 805-686-8315. Space is limited, and reservations are required.